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The Quantum Flux of Religious Realities
by Ariel Bar Tzadok
Copyright © 2015 by Ariel Bar Tzadok. All rights reserved.
Four aces are in a deck of cards.
In 600,000 ways we can interpret the “Torah.”
How many different realities are there?
Perception decides. This is the Quantum way.
Does reality exist if we are not conscious of its existence? Are there other worlds, parallel dimensions, surrounding us at this very moment, each with its own reality? If we do not perceive them, does that mean that they are not there?
Just because we do not see something does not mean that it is not there. On the flip side, neither does it mean that just because we do see something does that mean that it is really there. How can we tell what really does, and does not exist outside the scope of perception? The truthful answer is that we cannot. Without a way to experience and perceive, that which is outside of perception may, or may not, exist. And all that we can do is speculate, and to chose to believe whatever it is that we chose.
Experiment and experience is superior to doctrine and dogma. Science endeavors to explore and discover. Religion, on the other hand, proclaims things, denies others, and demands blind obedience.
Can we scientifically prove that God exists? No, we cannot. We may look to many things that, for us, may be proofs, yet, when each thing is reviewed with empirical honesty, we can see that maybe it is not a proof after all. We have no shortage of opinions and beliefs, but we have a significant shortage of facts. We simply lack the necessary data to draw conclusive conclusions.
We can look to the universe surrounding us, and draw certain conclusions based on the scientific method of experimentation and verification. More than this, at present, we cannot do. Beyond this, what we have are questions. We hope that our present investigations may lead to future discoveries, thus expanding the boundaries of human experience and perception.
Let's get back to God? Does God exist? It cannot be proven. But, not everything unproven is unreal. Religion does not seek proofs. Religion declares that its realities are a revelation, and revelations require faith, not proofs.
So, if we proclaim, in faith, that God does exist, what then shall we proclaim next? Shall we proclaim in faith that God the Creator speaks to us? Shall we proclaim in faith that God spoke to Moses at Mt. Sinai? Shall we proclaim in faith that God has a nice (Scandinavian looking) son named Jesus Christ? Shall we proclaim in faith that God/Allah sent the Angel Jibril (Gabriel) to reveal the Quran to Mohamed?
There are many faiths, each with millions of devoted followers. Each proclaims itself to be the absolute truth, and views the others as mere lies. The reality of Judaism is totally clear, and a proven truth, to many Jews. The reality of Christianity is totally clear, and a proven truth to many Christians. The reality of Islam is totally clear, and a proven truth to many Muslims. Yet, each of these truths contradict one another. How can there exist contradictory truths?
Most will respond and say that contradicting truths cannot exist. There can only be one truth, and each will say that it is “my” truth that is the real one, and what the others believe is false. Needless to say, such a narcissistic view of reality cannot be substantiated.
Members of individual religions embrace whatever faith it is that they wish to accept as truth. Each is absolutely convinced that their faith is the true one, and needless to say believe that all other faiths are false and wrong. But can any one faith prove their doctrines and theology to others in an unequivocal way? Certainly not.
The insistence of imposing one form of faith/reality upon others, who see things differently, leads to hatred, violence, and wars. Thus, we have human history. Because of this narrow, narcissistic view of those so convinced that their way is the only way millions have suffered, and continue to suffer, from religious wars that destroy life on a vast scale.
We cannot prove what cannot be proven. Maybe tomorrow we shall discover proofs that do not exist today, then again, maybe not. Let's say that we do discover some earth-shaking new truths about the reality of the universe, how many individuals entrenched in their own beliefs and faith systems will be willing to look at the new discoveries of science, embrace them, and then adjust their sacred beliefs to sync with our new found perceptions of reality?
Many, many people do not want their sacred beliefs challenged. Many times they will interpret any new discovery of reality, twisting it into a form that reinforces, and confirms their previously held sacred beliefs. Peoples of many faiths often take the same information and use it to prove contradictory things. This is what happens when the domain of reality is invaded by the domain of faith. Instead of discovering what is really out there, the “faithful” seek only to prove what they want to be real. This is not true perception. This is not the pursuit or embrace of truth!
Why argue about the unseen, when the unseen cannot be proved, or disproved? The answer is because those convinced of their faith will do anything, including fight reality itself, in order to validate their interpretations of the truth.
All the different faiths cannot each be true. Somehow, somewhere, someone has to be wrong in something. Yet, who? Needless to say, each group points a finger at the other. And so fights and wars continue. And what can we do about it, to bring about positive change? Good question, yes? Who has a good answer?
If we look to the undeniable reality that does surround us, without a doubt, we can come to certain conclusions. Reality number one is that regardless of our different faiths and religions, we are all still mere mortal human beings. Regardless of our varying phenotypes, we are nevertheless, the same. Reality number two is that we all share this planet Earth together, and what one group does affects the others. Reality number three is that whether we like it or not, we all are part of a greater global and cosmic reality, we are all in this universe together.
Based upon these undeniable facts, I would postulate that we should learn from these facts, and extrapolate from them how we should best act towards ourselves, towards one another, and towards the world in which we live.
We can always argue over the unproven. But this is a futile effort. No one religion will ever prove itself to be true over the others. Why try to prove the unprovable? We can always agree over that which can be proven, and work together with that which we all share in common.
“Behold how good, and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell in unity” (Psalm 133:1). As along as we are all biological Homo-sapien human beings on planet Earth, we are all brothers!
Faith needs to remain in the domain of the unproven. We human beings need to live, and interact with one another, in the realms of the proven. When we all live together by embracing the common truths that we all should know, and see, only then will we find true religion, and true discovery. In this way, we can together draw close to discover, and finally see, the true Presence of God.
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